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Date Posted: - Wednesday - 01/10/07 - 2:09pm
Author: John & Jan McKeel
Subject: Locating Solar Panels

We finally bit the bullet and ordered solar panels for Santa Teresa. Now we need some creative suggestions on placement. The most common place seems to be on the cockpit railing but we haven't added that yet. Other locations we've noticed are the cabin top but there are shading issues and our dinghy is chocked there. Any suggestions?

Cheers,
John & Jan
Santa Teresa, M40
San Diego

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[> Hard top -- Chuck, - Sunday - 01/21/07 - 12:06pm

We built a hard top from an aluminum frame and Starboard and mounted our panels. There is no place on a boat where the panels won't be shaded some of the time except at the mast head. This can also work with a soft bimini with mounting brackets added. Take a look at Sea Trek's photos in the owners section.


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[> [> solar panel location -- marcus, - Thursday - 01/25/07 - 8:40am

Hello: I have my solar panels mounted on the side rails just forward of the original aft ss railing. Essentially the previous owner put a solid bar between the aft railing and the first stanchion. The panels are attached to the rail with 3 white pvc clamps each. This allows the angle of them to be changed to allow for increased solar pick up or freedom of movement when walking around the boat. It is rare we really need the panels to help out with charging. I have a blue sky smart charge controller and have no complaints about it. The existing wires for the solar panel to charge controller are old and undersized...this spring I will upgrade to 10 ga marine wires. I will take pics and update my owners pics soon. I think you have a 40 and myself a 31.
Marcus


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